The songs from Taylor Swift‘s upcoming Red album have been wildly hit and miss so far. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” was the long lost Avril Lavigne b-side that nobody ever wanted (it’s got a cute music video, though), while the beautiful “Begin Again” was the classic Taylor we all fell in love with, and the addictive title track “Red” struck the perfect balance between country Tay-Tay and pop Tay-Tay.
Her latest Red promo single “I Knew You Were Trouble” takes Swift’s new sterile bubblegum pop-rock sound and throws in a dash of dancey dubstep to give it that extra radio-friendly boost that she’s clearly after this era.
I’m not going to say that “I Knew You Were Trouble” is bad, because it’s not. It’s far from it, and it has all the makings of one of those songs that everybody complains about at first, but then succumbs to later. However, it also reeks of the same kind of chart-hungry desperation that radiated from Alicia Keys when she recorded a last minute duet with Beyonce, or when Katy Perry slashed all her singles to three cents (okay, 69 cents) on iTunes.
Taylor’s new style will certainly appeal to pop fans who can’t handle even the faintest whiff of country music, but a lot of her longtime fans will be turned off by the fact that Taylor is now starting to sound less like herself, and more and more like everybody else.
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